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1957 Corvette - Unrestored Original For Sale

 

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Very original unrestored Aztec Copper 1957 Corvette. This car has had only 2 registered owners since new and has been in storage since the late 1960's. Technically the next buyer would be the third owner of this rare Corvette. It has not been run since it was put into storage but the engine will turn over.

The engine bay is a time capsule.
It has it's original 220 HP engine with Cast Iron Powerglide Automatic Transmission. A photo of the engine pad shows the assembly stamp along with the original broach marks clearly visible. All pertinent casting numbers and date codes are shown later in the listing. A photo of the correctly ribbed oil pan is shown. The engine still retains it's original fuel system including intake manifold and Carter WCFB carburetor. It's rare sealed air cleaner is intact and in remarkable condition for it's age, however this is not original to the car. The radiator is original(57E tag attached) along with it's support in good condition, as well as all shroud pieces and hardware. All wiring, clips, attach brackets appear never to have been touched. The fresh air hose has disappeared likely to deterioration over the years. The windshield wiper motor appears original along with all associated hardware. The appearing original ballast resistor is intact. The tach drive generator is the correctly dated 2043 unit with it's original drive mechanism and original tach cable. The voltage regulator appears to be original.

This Corvette appears to have all of it's original body panels intact with no signs of any major damage. The lower right front fender area behind the wheelhouse has some slight prior damage(pictured) and will need to be repaired. The Beige interior is near 100% original as can be imagined, including carpeting, seat covers, door panels, gauges, clock, etc, along with it's original Wonderbar radio with Power Pack. All weatherstrips on doors, windows, windshield, decklid, trunklid, soft and hard tops, etc are original. The windshield original rubber frame seal has the telltale twin ribs on the inside near the windshield posts. Much rubber is in very good condition for a nearly 53 year old Corvette.

The frame is good with expected surface rust but no major repairs, however the rear crossmember will need to be replaced. Prior repairs to both outer ends have survived but appearance is incorrect.(picture shown). The grille oval is good with no cracks or repairs. All other chrome on the car is restoreable. The speedometer reads 35,390 miles but it is unclear if this is actual miles. However, looking closely at nearly no appreciable brake pedal pad wear, it may be an indication these are near actual miles. The brake pedal pad is stiff and hard and appears to be the original.

The car also includes it's original optional Hydraulic Operating Soft Top and all hardware. The top pistons have been disconnected from the top mechanism to allow easier manual movement of the top. All top switches, levers, hoses, relays and controls are present for the operating top. The soft top vinyl material appears to be original, with all of it's original side, front bow, and rear bow weatherstrips intact. Being the first design soft top frame for 56-57's, the front weatherstrip is integrated into the 2 top front side glass weatherstrips. This is rarely seen. The original Hardtop is included. It is in very nice condition with it's original front latches and hardware. The headliner is in good condition with minimal shrinkage. Weatherstrips are original. Plexiglas appears original and in good condition.

Included are the 5 original steel wheels and the 4 original no-slot hubcaps. The wheels are the "dog bone" welded wheels and still contain their rubber stone seals in them. These inserts were to prevent rocks and debris from entering the face of the wheel. The original spare is included on it's original rim, quite worn rubber, but still a rare non-DOT example. Unfortunately no picture of the spare. The trunk mat is brittle and delicate.

The Copper paint on the car appears to be original in some areas. It is very thin in some spots on various areas of the car.
The Beige appears to be original. The Fuel Injection Emblems were added by a prior owner likely to scare off the imports:-). Known parts missing from the car are the tire jack, handle and lug wrench and some radio ignition shielding. The original right and left horizontal shields are there, along with the original lower "boomerang" shields still attached to the engine.(pictured)

The original Vin tag is on the left door pillar and a clear title is included with the car. A history of prior owners of the car going back to the late 1960's will become available to the buyer.

This is a seldom seen opportunity to acquire a very original 1957 Corvette. Here is your chance to become the owner of this rare piece of history.

Numbers Details:

E57S104441 - Built early June 1957 (Apx June 6th, 1957)

Engine:
Casting# - 3731548 283 CI
Cast Date - D 19 7
Stamp Pad - F522FH Flint May 22 220HP 1xWCFB with Powerglide

Left(DS) Head - 3740997 E217 May 21 1957

Right(PS) Head - 3740997 E217 May 21 1957

Intake - 3731398 E217
May 21 1957

Thermostat Housing - 3711268

Carter WCFB Carburetor - 2655S (2nd design with 6-1299 top, tag intact with letter "E")

Distributor - 1110891 Tag 7 C 18 March 18 1957

Master Cylinder - 6456022 (small 022)

Generator - 1102043 Tag 7 E 24 May 24 1957

Radiator 57E May 1957

Transmission - #'s Not located yet

Starter -
#'s Not located yet

Rear Differential - 3725899 E 8 7 May 8 1957 (Non-posi 3:36 axle ratio)

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